We are in the center of the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which is Monday through Friday.
The main intention of the week is to raise awareness of the risks of critical climate, and to remind persons that it can strike at any time. And that time contains while we are driving, whether we come across large winds, tornadoes, thunderstorms, freezes, snow, ice or even hurricanes.
The Ga Department of Transportation is assisting to get the term out about dealing with intense climate on highways and roads in the course of our state.
“Georgia DOT prepares year-round for all forms of climate occasions to make sure our crews have the applications and provides at the all set when crisis reaction is required,” said Emily Fish, Ga DOT’s assistant condition maintenance engineer. “For instance, in the summer we start off preparations for wintertime climate situations — counting provides, fixing broken machines, ordering new items we have to have. And in the wintertime, we are restocking our gear demanded for response to any twister or thunderstorm event which might outcome in downed trees and severe harm to roadways. We are also continuously reviewing response ideas for all kinds of weather crisis and conducting protection and talent trainings with staff members. We never quit preparing.”
The DOT “always encourages motorists to keep off the roads when probable through severe climate, specially freezing occasions, tornadoes and flooding.” However, when you must drive, the DOT provides these ideas:
• Be ready: Know what you will do in every single attainable scenario.
• Thunderstorms or higher wind: If you see downed trees or powerlines, flip all around and report them to your local authorities.
• Freezing gatherings: Set gasoline in your vehicle and preserve more blankets, food stuff and water in your trunk. If you see what appears to be like a damp spot on the road and it is colder than 32 levels, it is most likely black ice.
• Flooding: Transform all-around, do not drown when it comes to flooding on roadways. It is never harmless to drive into floodwaters it usually takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars and just 2 feet of hurrying drinking water can have away SUVs and vehicles. You can’t see below the surface of the water to know how deep it is or if the street area is compromised.